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The transformation begins at UAlbany

Campus readies itself for the return of the New York Giants

New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski meets with his interns last Thursday at the University at Albany.

New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski meets with his interns last Thursday at the University at Albany. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski addressed his 50 young interns last Thursday in the bowels of the University at Albany’s Physical Education building.

As he has done in years past, Galuski told the collection of college students what he expected of them in the coming weeks. Above all else, he asked them to maintain professionalism while working among the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

“You have a lot of impressionable kids working here who saw these guys play on TV,” said Galuski after dismissing his interns so they could tour the facilities they will be working in for the next month. “You have to have a professional attitude when working around these players.”

It could be a tall order, but UAlbany sophomore and Giants fan Ajon Crump said she can handle it.

“I know I’ll be nervous internally, but I know I’ve been able to not show my nervousness externally in the past,” said Crump.

There won’t be much time for the interns to think about what it will be like once the Giants arrive next week for training camp. Between now and July 27, they will be busy moving UAlbany athletic department staff out of their offices and setting up the Giants’ locker room and weight room on the SEFCU Arena floor.

“We’re at full steam ahead,” said Galuski.

Galuski is happy to be moving full steam ahead. Last year’s NFL lockout wiped out Giants training camp at UAlbany, which left the campus uncharacteristically quiet for the first time in 16 years.

“Last summer was different walking around the campus, and no one was here,” said Galuski, who is also UAlbany’s assistant athletic director for equipment and operations.

Galuski’s cousin, Michael Galuski, was among the interns who were scheduled to work at the training camp when it was cancelled.

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